Hyper-masculinity in Terrorism

In this week’s readings, the piece that I found most interesting was Terrorist Transgressions: Exploring the Gendered Representations of the Terrorist by Sue Malvern and Gabriel Koureas. While the piece explore the myths and images of the individual terrorist, the main objective was to differentiate between the image of gender identity in terrorist groups. Before I analyzed the […]

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Chic Point

I was particularly intrigued by artist Sharif Waked’s seven minute video piece titled “Chic Point: Fashion for Israeli Checkpoints” after learning more about Israeli checkpoints for Palestinians. By re-situating the degrading and extensive searches for potential explosives that Palestinians undergo as they move through the multiple checkpoints within Israel as an “occupied catwalk”, Waked is […]

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Defining Terrorist: Images of war and the mediated hero and villain

In “Terrorist transgressions: exploring the gendered representations of the terrorist,” Sue Malvern and Gabriel Koureas, try to analyze the myths inscribed in terrorist representations. First, the authors write about war imagery, but most importantly, the image of America in people’s minds as they continuously engage in Middle East invasions. As a response to the failure […]

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Gendered Representations of the Terrorist

Terrorist transgressions: exploring the gendered representations of the terrorist presents interesting arguments about the clashing masculinities of the western world and the “terrorist.”  This writing highlights the western tendency to degrade the  masculinity of the terrorist visually since, “Terrorist acts are seen as threatening Western masculinities because they are the ultimate manifestations of hypermasculinity, a […]

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Transgressing and Upholding Western Notions of Masculinity in Terrorism

In this weeks reading Terrorist transgressions: exploring the gendered representations of the terrorist, Sue Malvern and Gabriel Koureas approach the complex subject of how historical visual language about terrorists are formed through a process that relies on gender stereotypes. They then go on to discuss how the construction of western notions on terrorism often rely […]

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Representations of Terrorists in Media

The article “Terrorist Transgressions: Exploring the Gendered Representations of the Terrorist” discusses the shift in modern warfare towards being “cultural.” The author argues that visual images, like photos of Saddam Hussein, were used to legitimize military intervention during the War on Terror and that this increased use of media was part of what made it […]

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Terrorism and Gender

In Sue Malvern’s and Gabriel Koureas’ piece on terrorism, and gendered representations of the terrorist, the way in which terrorists and the “orientalist other” are portrayed as hyper feminine, asexual or sexually perverted, and physically weak is discussed. The portion of the essay that was most illuminating in terms of my own Anglo-American perspective was […]

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